Student Achievement Awards

Student of the Year Awards 2020/21

Ryan Grumley First Year


Kate Shalvey Second Year

Liam Freaney Third Year









Orlaith Donnelly TY 2020




Lucy Lenihan – TY 2021








Ciara Whyte Fifth Year 2021


































































Student of the Year Awards 2019


First Year – Ross O’Boyle

Second Year – Shauna Lee




Third Year – Ryan Whelan and Alexandra McGahan


Fourth Year – Aoibhínn Clancy

Fifth Year – Diane Filip


Academic Achievement Awards 2018

Gold Medal, for the student achieving the top marks- Emma Doyle

Excellence in Maths award – Ahmed Jouda

Principal’s Award – Ravi Gollapalli

Class of 2018 – Top 20

Emma DOYLE Biological and Biomedical science – TCD

Ahmed JOUDA Data science – UCD

Oliver JUCHNEVICIUS Engineering – TCD

Anna MULLIGAN awaiting information

Aisling Crean LYNCH Actuarial Maths – DCU

Lleno ANYA Computer Science – UCD

Killian FORAN Medicine – NUIG (Galway)

Cormac McCUDDEN Commerce International with Spanish – UCD



Berinyuy NJOLAI Studying German in Stuttgart before commencing Medical school.

Seán MCDONNELL Computer Science – UCD

Sam MCKEOGH Law and French in UCD

Aoife DALTON Currently studying French in Corsica.

Shona NOLAN Biological and Biomedical Science in TCD

Aoife WHYTE Biological and Biomedical science in TCD

Vivien KEEVEY Integrated nursing DCU

Nisha CROSBIE Psychology – DCU

Callum LAWSON GALLAGHER awaiting information

Darren DALY Business studies in DCU

Sophie BURKE International











1 Iria Villar – Gold Medal – highest marks award

2 Conor Burke – Gold medal – joint highest marks award

3 Ciaran Hegarty

4 Conor Gleeson

5 Ella Fitzsimons

6 Emily O’Shea

7 Daniel Maddock

8 Matthew Egan

9 Meaghan Butler

10 Shawn Legaspi

11 Conor Clarke

12 Conor Egan

13 Aine O’Connor

14 Annette Saidléar

15 Rebecca Wall

16 Darragh Curtin

17 Aileen Fitzgerald

18 Dearbhla Loughran

19 Jack Cottell

20 Alex Andreucetti

21 Fiach Dubh O’Ceallaigh

22 Cian Foran

23 Ava Byrne

24 Aoibhinn Clancy

25 Alanna McSweeney

26 Emma Rouine

27 Kaylem Donohue

28 Luke Lloyd

29 Claire Roddy





Ella Fitzsimons

Matthew Egan

Emily O’Shea

Fiach Dubh O’Ceallaigh

Aine O’Connor

Alex Andreucetti



Eoghan Reilly

Damayanti Kalina

Tom Cregg

Isabelle Danes

Alex Sullivan



Emma Rouine

Erin Moore

Heather Marshall

Sinead Falvey

Evan O’Dea



Sean Church

Hollie Tobin

Ava Scannell

Ciara Mullin

Adam Dwyer




Conor Burke

Ciaran Hegarty

Iria Villar

Rebecca Wall

Meaghan Butler

Ava Byrne



Student of the Year Awards 2018

First Year – Lucy Lenihan

Second Year – Ethan Costello

Third year – Emma Rouine

Transition Year – David Li

Fifth year – Hannah O’Flaherty

Student Awards 2017



Gold Medal Caoibhe Bolger

Colin McAndrew – Principals Award
Patrick Eccles – Excellence in Maths
Leaving Certificate Awards

Rose Walton Science TCD

Ross Oglesby Science TCD

Roisin Dowd Science UCD

Peter O’Brien Engineering DIT

Daniel Kelly TCD

Ross McCabe TCD

Emma Woodhead Drama/Spanish TCD

Meadbh Donnelly DCU

Aliza Alias Medicine Bulgaria

Lauren Coyle Maguire

Orla Burke Pharmacy RCSI

Lauric Saidlear DCU

Rachel Donnelly/Lawlor Nursing DCU

Oisin Reilly Physical Ed. DCU

Morgan Keane Business Studies DCU

Louise Fagan Engineering TCD

Kate Fagan Engineering TCD

Daniel Flood Engineering TCD

Stephen Byrne Engineering TCD


Gold Medal Award winners:

Patrick Eccles Physiotherapy TCD

Christine Blott Medicine TCD















































May 2017 Students of the Year

First Year Benjamin McCarthy









Second Year Conor Egan and Matthew Egan








Third Year Aaron Cullen









Transition Year Rebecca Fitzmaurice and Lauren Fitzmaurice








Fifth Year Karl Stanley









October 2016





On Thursday 20 October our Annual Academic Awards took place despite a power cut. The candles were not the only bright lights that graced a wonderful evening of celebrating excellence in our school community. Mr Higgins surpassed himself yet again by crafting individual certificates against a backdrop featuring themes of journey and endeavour.


Mr Fitzgerald introduced our guest speakers; Lieutenant David Melvin of the Irish Navy and Troop Commander Colm Fahy of the Irish Defence Forces, both 2003 graduates of PCS. David spoke of the importance of leadership and how he received a grounding in leadership skills in PCS through his teachers mentoring and his extracurricular activities. Colm spoke powerfully about how the resilience he developed through sport and the influence of specific teachers has served him well in his leadership role. Our Student Leader Prefects were of great assistance throughout the evening.


Mr Maynes then announced our Leaving Certificate Awards which were presented by David and Colm. Sam Cox received the Gold Medal Award for the best LC results of 2016. Cian O’Brady received the Ger Kenny Cup for Excellence in Mathematics. Christopher McMahon accepted The Principal’s Award for his contribution to School Spirit.


Leaving Certificate Academic Awards 2016.

Sam Cox TCD Human Health

Conor Holland TCD MSIS

Gearoid Walsh TCD Engineering

Cian O’Brady TCD Computer Science

Christopher McMahon TCD BESS

Orla Healy TCD French and Sociology

Danny Corcoran TCD BESS

Eoin Holton TCD Nursing

Ciara Whelan UCD Actuarial Studies

Gearoid Cronin DIT Product Design

Cian O’Daly DCU Business Studies

Sara Boyle DCU Business Studies

Eoin Kelly DCU Business Studies

Cillian Brady DCU Enterprise Computing

Lauren Grouse DCU Global Business and French

Gold Medal Award Sam Cox

Ger Kenny Cup for Mathematics – Cian O’Brady

Principal’s Award Christopher McMahon

Ms Gaffney then announced that Jessica McMahon was the recipient of the Junior Certificate Gold Medal Award.

Junior Certificate 2016 Academic Awards:

Amber Daly

Chloe Bisset

Casey McGee

Julia Sereda

Grace McKeever

Sarah Eccles

Rachel O’Hanlon

Jessica Mahon

Oliver Juchnevicius

Oran Brennan

Sean Cooney

Alannah Gargan

Christopher McFadden

Matthew Walton

Lauren Fitzmaurice

Amy Kavanagh

Samuel Potter

Mark Liston

Carolyn Hulbert

Stephen James

Kimberley Healy

Cillian Sadlier

Sergio Ganaza

Melissa Kelly

Jason Kennedy

Colm O’Connor

Josh Reilly

Florence Okojie reflected on her and her fellow students’ Short Course journey through which they learned to confidently promote events and produce wonderful creations.

Mr O’Mahony returned to PCS to fittingly present our first Short Course Certificates. He spoke of how proud he was to see these courses producing such assertive and skilled students. Ms Bradley (Media Literacy) and Ms Tynan (Animation) announced their graduates to mark this historical milestone for PCS.donal

Short Course Graduates:

Oran Brennan

Niamh Carolan

Clara Courage

Mark Devereux

Cormac Donnelly

Dean Fagan

Sergio Ganaza

Adam Greenan

Oliver Junchevicius

Luke Kelch

Melissa Kelly

Jason Kennedy

Tara Lambert

Ryan McWilliams

Adam Mitchell

Evan Murray

Sean O’Carroll

Hannah O’Flaherty

Florence Okojie

Robert Richmond

Cillian Saidlear

Mr Clarke then presented the Student of the Year Awards (see below) and the Second Year Public Speaking Award to Diandra Reddin.

Ms Deeney concluded the candlelit evening as the lights came back on to see our shining stars home.

Students of the Year 2016

1st Year Ava Scannell

Ava Scannell

2nd Year Caoibhe Bolger

Caoibhe Bolger

3rd Year Lauren Comiskey

Lauren Comiskey





4th Year Rian McCarthy

Rian McCarthy

5th Year Katelyn Roche

Katelyn Roche





Public Speaking 2016 : Diandra Reddin (2G)

Diandra Reddin






October 2015

FN_portoaward13On Wednesday 14 October 2015 we hosted our Annual Academic Awards attended by proud parents/guardians and teachers and beaming students. Mr Higgins excelled once more with his coveted certificates and Southern cross painting.


Mr Fitzgerald introduced Mr David Hickey as our guest speaker. He is a former footballer and current selector for Dublin and the current Director of Transplantation. He was awarded two all-stars for Dublin in 1974 and 1976. He won the All Ireland with Dublin on three occasions in 1974, 1976 and again in 1977. David has won two League Medals with Dublin in 1976 and 1978. He is a consultant urologist and transplant surgeon.

Mr Hickey spoke of how we must be true to ourselves and not accept the status quo if we are to make a mark on our world. We must blend compassion with ambition and help the vast majority of the population who are not as privileged as us. His simple and truthful message will echo in the future actions of all who were present.FN_portoaward2

Mr Hickey presented our awards with the assistance of our Prefects. Deputy Head Boy, Conor Holland and Deputy Head Girl, Fiona Tighe introduced our Students of The Year who are awarded for their overall contributions to school spirit. Caoimhe O’Reilly, Cormac Donnelly, Aliza Alias, Maedbh Donnelly and Aisling Moore were the worthy recipients.

Mr Dempsey then presented the Junior Certificate Awards assisted by Prefect Jack Nicholson. Twenty six students received awards for excelling in the State Exam and FN_portoaward5

Mr Clarke presented the Leaving Certificate Awards on behalf of Mr Fitzgerald. The overall Gold Medal Winner was Kate Finnucane who is studying Science in TCD.

Our Principal Ms Deeney then presented Daniel Burke with the Ger Kenny Maths Award. Daniel is studying Actuarial Studies in UCD. The Principal’s Award for contribution to the school community went to Rhiannon Curtis-Davis who is studying Primary Teaching in DCU.FN_portoaward10

Students of The Year 2015

First Year Caoimhe O’Reilly

Second Year Cormac Donnelly

Third Year Aliza Alias

Transition Year Maedbh Donnelly

Fifth Year Aisling Moore

Leaving Certificate 2015 Prize Winners

Hazel Reilly Biomedical Science Dublin Institute Technology

Ryan Fitzpatrick Biomedical Science Dublin Institute Technology

Leah Newport Accounting/Finance Dublin City University

Rebecca Bruen Account. and Finance Dublin City University

Rhiannon Curtis-Davis Primary Teaching Dublin City University

Ciaran Ingle Computer Science Trinity College Dublin

Nicholas Blott Computer Science Trinity College Dublin

Ultan O’Moráin Computer Science Trinity College Dublin

Shane Nangle BESS Trinity College Dublin

Orla McKiernan BESS Trinity College Dublin

James Walton BESS Trinity College Dublin

Jamie O’Brien Science University College Dublin

Gavin Fitzmaurice Science University College Dublin

Daniel Burke Actuarial Studies University College Dublin

Gavin Eccles Mgt.Sci and Info Studies Trinity College Dublin

Joseph Dunne Science Trinity College Dublin

Ryan Davis Engineering Trinity College Dublin (Absent)


Overall Gold Medal Award:

Kate Finnucane Science Trinity College Dublin

Ger Kenny Maths Award: Daniel Burke

Principal’s Award: Rhiannon Curtis Davis


Junior Certificate 2015 Prize Winners

Lauryn Butler

Jade Walsh

Megan O’Connor

Aoife Whyte

Ravikanth Gollapalli

Rian McCarthy

Emma Doyle

Dara O’Boyle

Sarah Bradley

Aliza Alias

Emma Ford

Sophie Burke

Sean McDonnell

Thomas Buckley

Darren Daly

Leah Holland

Vivien Keevey

Shona Nolan

Sam McKeogh

Nisha Crosbie

Aisling Crean-Lynch

Adam Hickey

Orla Curtis-Davis

Darragh Brennan

Anna Mulligan

Killian Foran

Gold Medal Award: Emma Doyle and Sarah Bradley

Sarah Bradley


Congratulations to Lauren Fitzmaurice who received her Public Speaking Award from Ms Gaffney.

Lauren Fitzmaurice Public Speaking

April 2014

second year public speaking award Adam

Congratulations to Adam Al Ja’Afreh who was presented with his award for Public Speaking by Ms Deeney.

October 2014

A wonderful celebration of academic excellence in the state exams took place last night. Mr Higgins whose glorious artwork formed an historical backdrop to a great night transformed the Assembly Hall into an impressive arena of awards. Art Work by Mr HigginsParents witnessed students being presented with the fabulous awards which were also designed and created by Mr. Higgins. Our returning Leaving Certificate and last years Junior Cert students who excelled in their exams through dedication and long hours of study will treasure them for a very long time.

Shaun Quinn CEO Failte Ireland

Our Principal, Ms Deeney, welcomed our special guest speaker Mr Shaun Quinn, Chief Executive of Failte Ireland. Mr Quinn exhorted the students to retain their work ethic, as it is this that will set them apart from others with similar skills. He emphasised a focus on goals as important also saw interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence as attributes that will enhance opportunities.Mr Quinn then presented our most successful Junior Certificate students with their certificates. Ms Norris read out the list of names concluding with Rachel Donnelly-­Lawlor who won the Overall Junior Certificate Gold Medal Award.

Mr Clarke then called the Leaving Certificate students forward, concluding with our Overall Leaving certificate Gold Medal Award winner, Mark Nolan. Mark is studying Medicine in TCD and continues to be a remarkable individual who is not only highly focused on his studies but also on his community. We were delighted that Ms Geraldine Kenny returned to PCS to present our Annual Mathematics Award to Kate Hawkshaw.

Ms Kenny and Kate HawkshawOur Head Boy and Head Girl, Ultain O’Morain and Ailbhe Twomey presented our Students of the Year with their trophies and medals.

Students from each year are marked out as contributing in a significant way to school spirit.

The winners were: Holly Ramsey (1st Year); Ashlee Rocliffe (2nd Year); Oisin Reilly (3rd Year); Faolan Radcliffe­McGovern (4th Year) and Kate Finnucane (5th Year). The Principal’s Award is given to a student that has excelled academically but also contributed widely to our school community. Mark Nolan was a most deserving recipient.

Ms Deeney and Mark Nolan


Leaving Certificate Prize Winners 2014:

Mark Nolan TCD (Medicine)

Íomar Mc Manus TCD (Mgt. Science)

Kate Hawkshaw TCD (Mgt. Science)

Caoimhe McDonnell UCD (Science)

Ina Caul TCD (Engineering)

Ross King TCD (Pharmacy)

Rachel Martin TCD (Science)

Megan Connolly DCU (PE and Biology)

Coman Brady TCD (BESS)

Deirdre Corish UCD (English and Drama)

Cassie Hackett DCU (Aviation Mgt.)

Tom Freaney UCD (Science)

Ian Smith DCU (Engineering)

Ciara Clarke TCD (Mgt. Science)

Govan Joliffe-Byrne NUIM (Computer Science)

Áine Fagan TCD (German and Irish)

Emer McGettrick DCU (Business and Accountancy)

Aoife O’Connor St. Patrick’s (Primary Teaching)

Laura O’Connor DCU (Irish and French)

Kelly O’Brien TCD (English Literature)

Emma Whelan

Simon Lenihan TCD (BESS)

Laura McAteer UCD (Equine Science)

David Smith TCD (Engineering)

Niamh Stanley DIT (Biomedical Science)

Aimee O’Donovan DCU (Aviation Mgt.)

Karla Potter

Junior Certificate Academic Award Winners 2014:

Rachel Donnelly-Lawlor

Roisin Dowd

Orla Burke

Kate Fagan

Louise Fagan

Oisín Reilly

Christine Blott

Ross Oglesby

Patrick Eccles

Ciara Cassidy

Lauric Saidler

Emma Woodhead

Rose Walton

Ross McCabe

Maedbh Donnelly

Eoghan Dowling

Eoin Ingle

Peter O’Brien

Peter Caddle

Anbu Sundaravadivelu

Martyna Kubisztal

Lauren Coyle Maguire

Morgan Keane

October 2013

Our annual Academic Achievement Awards mark one of the most important evenings in our school-year, when we celebrate the success of our students following their Junior and Leaving Certificate results.

It is an opportunity also to acknowledge their parents / guardians and teachers for their role in supporting these young people.

Siobhán Moore of the Dublin Airport Authority gave the keynote address. She spoke of motivation at all stages in ones life and commended the students to do the best in all that they undertake. She concluded her presentation with the following poem The Comfort Zone

If you are in a comfort zone
afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners
were at one time filled with doubt

A step or two and words of praise
can make your dreams come true
Greet your future with a smile,
success is there for you!

The Leaving Certificate Gold Medal Award for best results in PCS was awarded to Holly Herbert (Trinity College Dublin, Science). The Geraldine Kenny Award for Mathematics was awarded to Stephen O’Shea (Trinity College Dublin, Theoretical Physics). The Principal’s Award for the Class of 2013 was awarded to Evan Davis (University College Dublin, Commerce). This was presented by Mr. Pat O’ Riordan. The Junior Certificate Gold Medal Award was presented to Sam Cox.

The Second Year Public Speaking Award was presented to Matthew Petherbridge by Mrs. Ciara Freaney of the Parents’ Association.

Caitlin Cassidy, Aoife Mooney, Fiona Tighe, Chloe Carolan and Christopher Derby were all presented (by Cassie Hackett and Mark Nolan, Head Girl and Boy) with their respective trophies as 2012 / 2013 Students of the Year.

There is a full photographic record in the photo-stream on the right.

The Leaving Certificate prize-winners were:

Kate Whyte (Trinity College Dublin)
Angel Lo (Trinity College Dublin)
Ruth Devlin (Medicine)
Christina Fitzsimons (Trinity College Dublin)
Alannah Farrelly (Trinity College Dublin)
Gabriel Dennehy (Trinity College Dublin)
Robyn Keane (Dublin City University)
Sean Colgan (Dublin City University)
Jennifer Byrne (Trinity College Dublin)
Sinead Deegan (Trinity College Dublin)
Shyam Gollapalli (Trinity College Dublin)
Conor McLoughlin (Trinity College Dublin)
Stephen O’ Shea (Trinity College Dublin)
Holly Herbert (Trinity College Dublin)

The Junior Certificate prize-winners were:

Matthew Collier
Lucy Archbold
Karl Daly
Jorgia McComiskie
Niamh Healy
Gearoid Cronin
Conor Sparksman
Sam Cox
Sara Boyle
Conor Holland
Cian O’Sullivan
Gearoid Walsh
Cian O’Daly
Cian O’Brady,
Cara McDowell,
Danny Corcoran
Faolan Radford- McGovern
Matthew Jenkinson
Eoin Dunne
Niamh O’Reilly
Orla Healy
Christopher McMahon
Ciara Whelan
Fiachra Verjans-MacDermott
Caitlin Kernan
Eoin Kelly
Lauren Grouse


The Academic Achievement Awards for 2012 were presented to students on Thursday 11th October.

These students represent the individual 2011/2012 Students of the Year from First through Fifth Year and the students from Third and Sixth-year who achieved outstanding success in their State-examinations.

Portmarnock Community School has many awards ceremonies and this is the one which represents what is best about teaching and learning within the school.

We are delighted with our student’s success, in particular the Sixth-years who have achieved challenging courses in Ireland’s and indeed the United Kingdom’s best Universities and Colleges of Higher Education.

They are wonderful role-models for the younger students at the awards ceremony and indeed to all the school community.

Leaving Certificate Gold Medal Award Conor Keogh

Junior Certificate Gold Medal Award Daniel Burke

Principal’s Award for Class of 2012 Orlagh Geoghegan

Geraldine Kenny Award for Mathematics Aisling Drumgoole

The 2011 / 2012 Students of the Year are

1st Year Orla Burke

2nd Year Alicja Roslaniec

3rd Year Ailbhe Twomey

4th Year Cassie Hackett

5th Year Sam Earlwood

The twelve Leaving Certificate honoured are

Conor Keogh Medicine Trinity College Dublin

Sarah Hawkshaw Pharmacy Trinity College Dublin

Sean Healy Computer Science (with French and Linguistics) Trinity College Dublin

Nathan Supple Mechanical Engineering Dublin Institute of Technology

Denis Ryan History and English NUI Maynooth

Ciarán Mulryan Philosophy Trinity College Dublin

Niall Conlon Biotechnology Dublin City University

Stephen Ducray Science Trinity College Dublin

Daniel Oso Business University of London

Cathy Lane Animal Science (Equine) University College Dublin

Aisling Drumgoole Engineeering University College Dublin

Willian Hickey Architecture University College Dublin

A list of the students who received their award is here.

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2010 / 2011

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The inaugural Academic Student Achievement Awards took place in Portmarnock Community School on Tuesday 11th October 2011.

These awards acknowledge the academic achievement of the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate classes of 2011 and were made to the students who achieved high grades in the recent Certificate examinations.

We are proud of all of our students and salute the success of the 2010/2011 Sixth-year class. We wish them all every success in the future.

The school celebrates the success of students right through their school life with a Subject Award ceremony every May. Transition Year students also have their own ceremonial evening.

Last nights Academic Student Achievement Awards ceremony is part of that process, allowing us to honour Sixth-year students in particular, who achieved excellent results in their Leaving Certificate.

We acknowledged several students by name

James Fagan The best overall Leaving Certificate result
Iomar McManus The best overall Junior Certificate result
Colm Robinson The Principals Award for his outstanding contribution to PCS over the past six years
James Fagan The Mathematics Award for outstanding study and achievement in the Leaving Certificate of 2011
Lucy Archbold First Year Student of the Year 2010/2011
Rhiannon Curtis Davis Second Year Student of the Year 2010/2011
Mark Nolan Third Year Student of the Year 2010/2011
Evan Davis Fourth Year Student of the Year 2010/2011
Sarah Hawkshaw Fifth Year Student of the Year 2010/2011

We want to acknowledge the work of the teachers over the past six years and thank them for both their outstanding dedication to their subject areas and to the students in the school.

Last nights ceremony could not have happened without the work of a committee of teachers who planned the awards, designed the certificates and essentially made the evening the success it was. They were supported by the Sixth-year prefects. The Transition Year Music Class provided musical accompaniment.

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